what to wear: Greek Holidays

Planning your holiday outfits for Greece shouldn’t be difficult right? Toss in a couple of bikinis, beach cover ups, shorts and dresses and you’re done! But there are things that you might forget or deem non important like a mosquito repellent or a pashmina. Been there done that! So I decided to round-up all my local knowledge from vacationing around Greece in this post, so as to help all the ladies planning a Greek summer holiday fill in their luggage with stylish yet functional clothes and accessories.

On the Beach

blue shirt, white shorts in Ierapetra, Crete

Swimwear is the key here! Bikini, one piece, what ever suits you. Now the one thing you have to be clever with is the cover up. I always prefer dresses to shorts+tops  and although I like them, I tend to avoid sheer kaftans. The reason is plain: sometimes I don’t have time to go back to the hotel have a shower and change into a proper outfit, so it’s beach to lunch or beach to dinner so wearing a dress over my bikini is the way to go!

Tip: Accessorize has beautiful cover up choices!


They must be comfortable if you plan to walk. One thing you should keep in mind when visiting islands is that a) streets are not flat, there will be hills b)most streets are paved with stone (so they might be slippery)  c) you might want to go down to a beach that has not proper road so you have to “hike”. I’ve walked in such places with flip-flops and let me tell you that it’s not recommended at all. Sneakers or Converse all-stars are better for accessing such tricky beaches (just keep in mind that you’ll have to wash them afterwards). A pair of sandals that are not slippery and have a thick sole (preferably) will be ideal for walking in the city/island and going out. I personally wouldn’t advise you to take high-heeled sandals with you, it’s highly probable that it will prove troublesome!

Tip: Fanstasy Sandals which I featured in my previous outfit post have proven very durable for me this summer while exploring Knossos, Monemvasia and Mystras (the later two places involved a lot of hiking)


Ah my favorite part! Here I’m going to include some super practical ones and some purely decorative. If you follow me on Instagram you’ve probably noticed that I’ve fallen in love with floppy hats lately. I found that a floppy hat protects me from the sun rays more effectively than smaller hats.

A light cardigan and or a pashmina is always on my packing list as it can get windy in the islands (I’m looking at you Mykonos). It also comes handy if you are traveling by ferry since the air conditioning is usually on full blast!

In order to elevate your night-time outfits opt for a statement necklace, ethnic earrings or stacked bracelets! They work a charm!

Out and About

When I plan my holiday outfits I tend to pack shorts, skirts and tops so I can mix and match accordingly. The little white dress is also a favorite of mine, because it blends in with the Cycladic architecture so much! A floral dress like the one I wore in Nafplio is also cute. I generally gravitate towards separates so I don’t pack more than 2 dresses with me!

For night-time I always carry with me a small cross body bag big enough to carry my essentials: wallet, keys, mobile phone, tissues and maybe lipstick (that I never re-apply…go figure)!

Related: Crete Road trip: Heraklion to Ierapetra

Beauty Essentials

Sunscreen should obviously be high on your list either you’re hitting the beach or just sightseeing around a city. I always go for an SPF 30 both for face and body and re-apply (especially on the body) accordingly.

Mosquito repellent is another thing that you should pack too or buy one from a Greek pharmacy. Apivita makes a really nice one with geranium and basil!

Make up wise I always think that less is more (and who likes to carry around a huge makeup bag?). My essentials include BB cream, bronzer and mascara. I usually carry one or two mono eye shadows and an eye pencil as well. Oh and a lipstick and a lipgloss, although we’ve established that I’m negligent on this front!

In this post I’m wearing: maison Jules shirt (from Macy’s), H&M shorts, BCBGeneration flats, Nine west cross body bag (also worn with my boho dress)

So here you’ve got my essentials for a Greek summer holiday! I’ve included them in a handy printable list for you as well!

Tell me which are your beach holiday essentials?